BackupAssist: Recommended hard drives for image backup jobs

BackupAssist imaging jobs utilise the Microsoft Windows imaging engine to backup and write your data.

As some of you may already be aware, there is a known Microsoft issue when using the Windows imaging engine to back up to a destination drive that is utilising 4K bytes per cluster. This typically relates to the larger (>2TB) USB hard drives that are now becoming more common. Some hard drives can be reformatted using 512 bytes per cluster rather than 4K bytes per cluster but unfortunately not all have this option.

Microsoft have addressed the issue within a new version of the Windows imaging engine found in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. unfortunately though, for the Server 2008 and Windows 7 platforms you still cannot use destination drives formatted with 4K clusters.

For this reason we recommend that you refer to this Microsoft compiled list of tested drives when choosing a USB drive make and model to backup image data to.

(please note this is an external list of user tested drives so no guarantees can be given)

One thought on “BackupAssist: Recommended hard drives for image backup jobs

  1. we’ve started buying bare drives and external enclosures so we know that the drives will work. Also, some of the cheaper drives are not upto the job of fairly intensive use so this gives us the option of going for the better drives with longer warranties. Works out more expensive but it’s worth it in the long run.

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